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Company Accountant

Advertiser: Waimea Water LimitedMore jobs from this company

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Job Listing Date
9 Feb 2019
Tasman, Rest of Tasman
Work Type
Part Time
Accounting, Financial Managers & Controllers

About the business

Waimea Water Limited (WWL) has responsibility for constructing, commissioning, owning, operating and maintaining the Waimea Community Dam (WCD), a large water infrastructure project in Tasman, New Zealand.

The WCD as designed, is a concrete-face rock fill dam, approximately 53m high, 220m long, 6m wide at the crest and constructed from approximately 430,000m3 of rock.  The lake created by the dam will contain approximately 13 million m3 of water.

WCD is to be commissioned by February 2022, the physical dam to be completed by 22 September 2021; filling of reservoir and final commissioning by February 2022. Within a maximum approved cost for the total project of $105.9 million.

Through the design and contracted arrangements put in place prior to the incorporation of WWL, a joint venture contractor is about to be appointed as the construction partners.

About the role

A 20 hours per week role with fully flexible working hours.  We are looking for an experienced, qualified NZ CA, used to being hands on with all elements of company accounting and reporting.  Accountabilities include managing the accounting activities for WWL and providing robust financial reporting to the Commercial General Manager, CEO and Board, financiers  and shareholders.  Focus includes financial management (including expenditure approval, forecasting, budgeting, business planning and financial reporting) cash flow and financial controls, compliance with financial regulatory requirements for a Council Controlled Organisation (CCO).  The financial transactions in the business will be low in numbers but high value – most cash expended via staged contractor claims dealt with by the Commercial GM and Construction GM but support will be provided where necessary, especially in accounting for Work In Progress.  Cashflow management requires straightforward draw down from Council and Irrigators funding commitments, which are again low in number but high in value.  This is a small project office of senior professionals and the Company Accountant will be a core part of the team, being hands on and experienced, confident in all aspects of the company accounting and reporting obligations.  

The reconciliation and joined up reporting of project costs, contract expenditure, management and financial accounts is key. Payroll and general ledger (on Zero) are run for us by Crowe Horwath so liaising with them is also part of the job.

Liaison with Audit New Zealand or other external auditor.

Benefits and perks

Located at the Top of the South Island, Nelson Tasman is highly connected to other parts of the country and to the world.

Sunshine Year Round: stunning natural landscapes abound in Nelson Tasman. Known for its light at all times of the year, the wider Nelson Tasman region experienced New Zealand's highest annual sunshine total in 2017 (2633 hours).

It's far more than just a summer destination. Crisp, cloudless winter days are perfect for enjoying all the outdoor activities our region has to offer such as cycling, kayaking, paddle-boarding, walking and skydiving.

But for those days when the weather is a little cooler, there is still plenty to do in Nelson Tasman, where you can immerse yourself in the region's culture and heritage with a vast array of art galleries, museums, theatre and playhouses.

Three National Parks: you can reach not one, but three national parks within 90 minutes reach of Nelson.

Cyclists' Paradise: if you love cycling – mountain biking, road cycling or cycle touring – you'll find plenty to enjoy in Nelson Tasman.

Food, Wine & Beer: if you love food and drink of any kind, then you'll love the artisan products for which Nelson Tasman is deservedly famous.

Schools and Facilities: the region benefits from excellent schools and colleges, along with great urban shopping facilities and diverse specialist and artisan sellers to be discovered in our rural hideaways. 

Skills and experience

Degree in Commerce, Business, Finance or Accounting.

Must be a fully qualified Chartered Accountant (CA ANZ) in good standing with your professional institute.

At least 5 years experience of producing company accounts and providing full range of financial control, accounting and reporting activities for a limited company.

Knowledge of Council Controlled Organisation (CCO) reporting requirements an advantage but not essential as support can be provided.

Experience of producing company performance reports to the MD/CEO and Board.

Experience of managing the relationship with external auditors for the sign-off of published accounts.

Must be a real team player.

Flexible and willing to be versatile in supporting the achievement of deadlines.

Must have a strong quality and accuracy focus.

Possess excellent written and oral communication skills.

Must be professional, trustworthy and must evince absolute integrity,

The application form will include these questions:
  • Which of the following statements best describes your right to work in New Zealand?
  • How many years' experience do you have in an accounting role?
  • What's your expected annual base salary?
  • How much notice are you required to give your current employer?
  • Have you completed a chartered accountant (CA) qualification?

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